Posted by Craig Mitchell at 12:31 AM
Saturday night in Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning as they came from behind to win game 2 of the NLDS 5-2. This one started like a carbon copy of game one. It was a pitcher’s duel between Noah Syndergaard and Zach Grienke. The Mets drew first blood when Yoenis Cespedes hit an opposite field homer off Grienke in the top of the 2nd to make it 1-0. Two batters later Michael Conforto lined a bullet off the foul pole right to make it 2-0 Mets. For Conforto it was a homer in his first post season at bat. The game stayed 2-0 until the Dodgers got to Thor in the bottom of the 4th inning. Former Met Justin Turner hit a ground rule double and then scored on a double by Andre Either. In the 7th, the Dodgers took control. With one out Syndergaard walked Enrique Hernandez who then stole second. Pinch hitter Chase Utley then singled to right to make it 1st and 3rd. Syndergaard was then pulled by Terry Collins and in came Bartolo Colon. Colon yielded a grounder up the middle by Howie Kendrick that was flipped by Daniel Murphy to Ruben Tejada who was violently taken out by Utley allowing Hernandez to score tying the game. Tejada was carted off the field and after an umpire review Utley was called safe at 2nd. With one out Addison Reed came on and he allowed a 2 run double by Adrian Gonzalez to make it 4-2 and then Turner continued to haunt his former team with an RBI double to right center and it was 5-2. Jonathon Niese was then called on to retire Justin Ruggiano, but the damage was done. Hansel Robles retired the Dodgers quietly in the 8th. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th for the save. Syndergaard was impressive in the starting lasting 6 2/3 allowing 5 hits 3 runs (earned) walking 4 and striking out 9. He takes the loss. Grienke went 7 allowing 5 hits the 2 runs and struck out 8 notching the win. Bad news on Tejada, he suffered a fractured right fibula. He is done for the season. The series is now tied a 1-1. But the Mets did manage to neutralize the home advantage as now the next two out of three are in Flushing. Sunday is a travel day as the NLDS comes to Citi Field Monday night. Matt Harvey (13-8 2.71) goes for the Mets, Brett Anderson (10-9 3.69) goes for Los Angeles.